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AQA GCSE Drama: Designing Drama

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Author(s): Sue Shewring

awarding body: AQA

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-912820-24-5

subject: Drama

Pages: 256 pp


Publishing October 2020.
We are very sorry but the interruption to our business caused by Coronavirus means delaying publication of this title until October 2020.


A uniquely comprehensive and detailed textbook providing in-depth support for the design route through the AQA GCSE Drama specification, covering all lighting, sound, set, costume and puppetry options.



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The only book for AQA GCSE Drama that offers practical guidance for all the design options and is tailored specifically to meet the requirements of the exam board

Colourful and accessible design with a wide range of practical activities for each option, making it suitable for design novices as well as those with experience

Written by an experienced author in collaboration with expert consultants working professionally in each of the design areas

Includes a variety of features including Assessment Checks, Tasks and Design Tips, with key terminology identified and defined throughout

Covers all the assessment objectives for each design option, and provides a range of practice questions with exemplar answers and extensive advice on exam preparation

Covers working with the relevant technology in each area and how to prepare the appropriate documentation

Analysis and evaluation skills are highlighted and practised throughout

Suitable for specialist and non-specialist drama teachers



Course outline and how you will be assessed 

How to use this book 

Introduction to Design 

Lighting Design

Sound Design

Set Design

Costume Design

Puppet Design

Component 1 – Understanding Drama - The written exam

Component 2 – Devising Drama

Designing Sound for the devised piece

Designing Lighting for the devised piece

Designing Set for the devised piece

Designing Costume for the devised piece

Designing Puppets for the devised piece

Component 3 – Texts is Practice

Designing Sound for Texts in Practice

Designing Lighting for Texts in Practice

Designing Set for Texts in Practice

Designing Costume for Texts in Practice

Designing Puppets for Texts in Practice


About the author

Sue Shewring worked as an actor and education development officer during the height of Britain’s Theatre-in-Education movement. She later became Head of Drama at an 11-18 school where she staged several full scale productions at a local theatre. She advised in the capacity of Lead Teacher of Drama for Lancashire, and now tutors GCSE and A-level students.



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